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3. Re: noisy 8020 mics

Subject: 3. Re: noisy 8020 mics
From: "vickipowys" vpowys
Date: Thu Oct 6, 2011 5:11 pm ((PDT))
Danny wrote:
> The internet is both and good and bad in these situations.
> Companies play it conservatively to deal with inevitable issues
> that arise without admitting unwarranted fault.  One person has a
> problem, another does and they post about it and the consensus
> becomes that the item is flawed and the company is trying to pull
> the wool over our eyes.


I had held off putting this topic to the naturerecordists forum for
two months.

I was convinced that it was me at fault and not the microphones.

People SHOULD post their experiences on forums to save others from
the emotional turmoil of not knowing what part of their recording
chain is at fault.

My reckoning is that if I have fully tested 2 stereo pairs of 8020s
i.e. 4 microphones in all, and found them all noisy, and that if the
Sennheiser distributors in Sydney took another 8020 pair randomly
from their own stock and also found them noisy, then there definitely
is a problem.

At that point Sennheiser were saying they did not know what the
problem was, and Syntec in Sydney had to try and find the answer.

I would also say that I am quite a lot out of pocket with the whole
deal, having to buy another phantom power supply so that I could be
absolutely sure that my recorder was not at fault.  Not to mention
postage charges for returning mics three times.

Emil wrote:

> and to say something positive, the 80xx sound amazing! i like them
> more than the old mkh series, much more. they are more noisy (feels
> like they are more noisy than the specs say), but the have a nicer
> sound to my ears..  (i also have a mkh40..)


This is why I am have not demanded my money back.  I would like to
have 8020 mics that work because they sound so good.  Comparing
MKH8020s with MKH20s, the 8020s are more sensitive (31 mV/Pa vs 25 mV/
Pa) with noise 10 dBA for both, making the 8020s excellent for
outdoors.  I see that the MKH8040s are 20 mV/Pa, so are less
sensitive than the 8020s.

Vicki Powys

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